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Why you should never apologize for your body ink tattoos

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Hello Beautiful People! Today I wanted to talk about something that will bring out my feisty and sarcastic side.

This post is about the stigma behind tattoos, why I have them, why people choose to get them, and why you shouldn’t care what people have to say about them.

The reason I have tattoos is because it allows me to express myself and hold a moment forever on my skin. The body ink tattoos serve as memories.

The first body art tattoo I got was with my first boyfriend, hence the chinese symbol, love.  It was an experience I thought would be scarier then it was.

The next tattoo I got was a rose skull tattoo and one that would remind me of my baby sister, Shelby, who passed, way before her time. This tattoo symbolizes a time in my life that she impacted and where she helped change me to the person I am today. I have the rose on the top because she would always say, Stop and Smell the Roses. It reminds me everyday to not take the life I have for granted.

My very first flower foot tattoo was painful!!!!!!!! Major ouch. I was cursing out my wonderful tattoo artist the whole time. Not my best day. This tattoo reminds me of my roots, Colorado. I may not be there anymore but this tattoo reminds me of my life there, the memories, and the family that still resides there. When I look down and see this beautiful columbine flower, I smile, and most likely end up calling my mom.

Despite the intense pain from my first foot tattoo, I thought it would be a good idea to get another small foot tattoo on the other foot. This tattoo symbolizes the friendship I have with one of the most authentic people I know. It also reminds me of the trip that she and I took, along with a couple of other friends. This trip was to celebrate us as moms. To make ourselves priority and feed our individual self.

This is my most recent tattoo. It is a representation of who I am and my life. Elephants are wonderful animals, in that they take care of not only their own, but of other families. This couldn’t describe the person I am any better. The mama and baby elephant tattoo symbolize my children and how they will always and forever be apart of me, just like this tattoo.

My tattoos are a mode of self expression and every single one of them displays my uniqueness. I will certainly be getting more.

The number one thing people say about my tattoos that drive me crazy is, do you know it’s going to be on your body forever? Well no Jane I did not. Like seriously?

My next favorite is when they say no one will hire me. Well thank goodness for these wonderful pieces of garments.

Now are tattoos for everyone? No! And that’s fine. But do not judge someone, criticize, or shame someone because they have ink. It is wrong and unhealthy.

Here is a list of some of the Tattoo Stigmas

  1. People assume you are unprofessional

  2. You are an attention seeker

  3. You are a criminal

  4. You have no moral values

However, more people are choosing to get tattoos as a way for expression.

It may be surprising to some, but this includes doctors, lawyers, police officers, and surprisingly, religious officials, all of which are considered people who are lawful and moral.

What people don’t consider is…..

Why people get tattoos

  1. Tattoos can reinforce the idea that you do, in fact, have some control over your physical appearance.

  2. Tattoos can serve as reminders to yourself.

  3. They cover scars or body imperfections that would otherwise make a person feel self conscious.

  4. They make people happy and allow a beautiful piece of artwork to be displayed on someone’s body.

If you are unsure about a tattoo, try out these temporary tattoos and see if you like how it makes you feel and if it makes you happy.

And if you have always wanted a tattoo but chose not to get one because of what others would think, ask yourself….

Who does the tattoo serve? And would it make me happy?

Does it make others feel bad about themselves or would it allow me to exude confidence I wouldn’t otherwise have?

Would it be a canvas of self expression that would make me feel good about myself?

Answering these questions let you know more of who you are as a person and help in determining if you are living for others or if you are living for yourself.

I was deterred from getting tattoos for a long time. Mainly because of the stereotype. It wasn’t considered to be attractive. It also doesn’t help that as women, we are put up on this pedestal, where we are to look a certain way.  

I finally came to a point in my life that I said, I am living for me. I am done living for others as if this is their life or who they are.

We are all unique and different and there is no shame in wanting to get art on your body if you so choose. If it is not your cup of tea, then maybe a coloring book with a collection of artists would suffice.

Just remember tattoos are nothing but ink on your skin. They don’t change what kind of person you are. If someone sees you as lesser because of a tattoo, that says more about them than it does about you.

Tattoos do not discriminate, they are for everyone, regardless of your social life.

At the end of the day, this is your life, you don’t need approval, so live it to the fullest, without regret, and be the happiest version of yourself that you can be.

Know that if you do have tattoos, that you should never apologize for them.

What are some of your favorite pieces? I would love to see them, so be sure to post them in the comments. Let’s celebrate our diversity!

Thanks for reading

Donieal Louise

XOXO

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4 Comments

  • Skip

    Tattoos are a tough subject, lots of stereotypes about people with tattoos. I served in the military and have seen thousands of tattoos, some that reinforce the stereotypes, but like you say most that don’t. I like the way you laid this out, it can be a touchy subject. Thank you.

  • Matts Mom

    I am 57 and never have I had a tattoo. I am getting one though as a reward to myself. My son is getting one as well. I don’t know why the stigma really. I think they are beautiful, and we are looking forward to it. I was telling my dad that I am getting one, and he got furious. I thought, what the heck, I am 57! I can do what I want. He won’t see it anyway LOL Great post!

  • Felix

    What lovely stories you have behind your tattoos. Thanks for sharing. I can totally agree. Even, if times have changed dramatically and more and more people getting inked, some prejudice remain.

  • Mandi Borgman

    OMG! Love this article! I myself have I think 18 tattoos and I love everyone of them! I agree %100, they are memories! I have tatts to remind me of times when I had to be strong and times when something amazing happened, like my children being born. My memorial tattoo for my Grandmother is probably my favorite. I could care less what people think, I love my ink! Great article!

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